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Laslo Boyd: The War On Reason

By: Laslo Boyd  The founders of our constitutional system were children of the enlightenment. While they had a keen understanding of the vulnerabilities of human nature, they believed that the system of self-government that they were establishing ultimately required the use of reason.To cite one prominent example, Thomas Jefferson was a staunch defender of freedom of the press, not because he thought that everything published would be true, but because he believed that a free flow of information was essential if voters were to make informed decisions and hold those in government accountable. There have been periods in our history when political blocks rallied against the use of reason. As an example, the Know-Nothing Party of the mid-19th century argued vociferously against allowing new immigrants into the country. The Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 was another instance in which advances in science were seen as threatening traditional ways of life. Today,... Continue reading
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Revitalizing Baltimore through its Network of Markets

In the latest installment of Market People, Stockton Williams talks with Martin Knott and Matt Gallagher about how fresh food is becoming a big part of the revitalization of cities nationwide. Stockton explains how Baltimore’s network of markets makes the city a potential leader in this new fresh food economy.Market People is an interview series that explores the role of Baltimore’s marketplaces in improving access to healthy food options and spurring community and economic development. Stockton Williams is a principal at HR&A Advisors, Matt Gallagher is President & CEO of the Goldseker Foundation and Martin Knott is President of Knott Mechanical and Chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO).... Continue reading
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Center MD:Inside Out Jason Botel -- Campaign for Achievement Now (Part II)

Center Maryland continues its conversation with Jason Botel, Executive Director of MarylandCAN (The Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now). Jason, who founded KIPP Baltimore in 2002, explains how some Baltimore City schools are helping students from low-income households to outperform state proficiency rates and how other city schools should replicate and build upon those successes. Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: A Letter to Speaker Busch

By: Josh Kurtz  Dear Mr. Speaker: Well, it looks as if two of your old warhorses, Joe Vallario and Sheila Hixson, will be coming back next year, barring any stunning developments in November. It’s time to take away their gavels. Vallario has been chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Hixson has run Ways and Means, since 1993. These committees are crying out for new leadership – and have become emblematic of what ails the entire House. It’s not that Vallario and Hixson are untalented legislators. In fact, at the ages of 77 and 81, respectively, they remain among the wiliest in Annapolis, as you well know. But let’s face it, Mr. Speaker – your leadership team, however effective it may be, is stagnating, and that’s affecting the overall tenor and morale of the House. You have been speaker for a dozen years now; Adrienne Jones has been speaker pro tem,... Continue reading
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Mark Coles – Uniting Construction Unions in Maryland

Center Maryland welcomes Mark Coles, Executive Director of the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE). Mark, a leading voice for labor in the Mid-Atlantic, explains the advantage of uniting local labor unions through a common initiative, and he discusses some of the region’s larger construction projects – including Cove Point, MGM, and the Purple Line – which are poised to offer thousands of well-paying jobs to Marylanders in the construction industry.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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